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Soundings: 3.4

3 Day 2


What the birds or the plants might do in pursuing their own agenda must create its own momentum: Plants rely on hummingbirds which unlike insects are warm blooded and are not put off by cold or torrential rain. The birds with their 1200 heartbeats per minute require energy more often and so quickly too. If plants would design their flowers to suit these pollinators it must be said some thing of the nature of Truth. It sets an order that drives each life form to run on predictable lines.

3 Day 3

Symbiosis refers to an order in terms of utility.

Certain species of root fungus (i.e. mycorrhizae) live among plants. Fungus receives carbohydrates and in turn it enhances nutritive intake of the plant.

3 Day 4

Another aspect of order we see in our Milky Way. A nebulous gaseous cloud tends to form a spiral shape with arms. A double spiral in a DNA defines order: material nature expressed by a form as distinct from another.

When cream is poured into a stirred cup of coffee shows up a striking resemblance to galaxies with outer parts of arms trailing around its centre. Is it merely a coincidence? Or does it speak of an order?

This order is based on form. We all have looked to our parents and the idea of our character being formed by examples of our peers is abstract. We give God a form similarly and consider Him as ‘our Father in heaven.’



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Muhammad Shaheer Niazi 17 managed to produce an electric honeycomb: physicists have known the phenomenon of electric honeycomb for decades. It occurs when a layer of oil is placed in an electric field between a pointy electrode and a flat one – and the instability caused by the build up of ions applies pressure to the surface of the oil – creating a beautiful pattern that looks like a honeycomb, or a stained glass window.

The high school student from Pakistan’s city of Lahore managed to photograph the movement of ions that forms the honeycomb besides recording the heat found on the surface of oil. No one has done this before. According to Niazi, “Electric honeycomb perfectly demonstrates how everything in this universe is seeking equilibrium. Its hexagonal shape is the most stable structure.”

In this case, he says, two electrodes are used; a pointy needle on top of a flat surface with a thin layer of oil on it. High voltage from the needle makes ions bombard the surface of oil, on their way to meet the ground electrode.

“It is just like lightning striking the surface of earth,” he says. But oil is a non-conductor. The ions start accumulating on the surface of oil. As the pressure increases, they create a depression and manage to meet the ground electrode.

In the process the surface of oil loses its shape, something it does not want. So within no time, honeycomb-like hexagonal structures appear on the surface of oil.

“The amount of energy that goes in equals the energy that comes out and thus the flow of electricity is efficient. This way equilibrium is restored,”

What is the order? Nature has laws and these are established so each entity has a role and several interactions simultaneously taking place between atmosphere ocean and land create a system, carbon or oxygen cycle for example. Such equilibrium however is temporary. Exchange of energy from one medium to other similarly points out to something else.  Conservation of energy owes to the nature of energy that cannot be destroyed  or created. Thus when we speak of Order and nature serving it by so many laws we need understand there is a moral imperative implied. So many wars each waged to redress some perceived injustice  is how we explain the rationale of war. Even so the Order restoring justice in calling every individual to account is quite natural.(Ack: 


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Let me suppose God is Oneness of Things. Perhaps from working out broadly how our endeavours  work out we may get a glimpse of His working. In an earlier post I showed how our individual goodness or virtue seems to strike a wrong note when we consider it in terms of the whole.(ref: paradox of thrift)
Let me use analogy of music to explain Oneness of Things. There are several parts written for a choir. Music of the Spheres keeps the celestial part, and we of the earth have also parts written. If virtue of each in this earthly choir sings out of tune  what creates perfect harmony finally? If one can understand how, perhaps we may know the Being and how He works. Here alas, I have simplified since I cannot find no other way to explain. Thus I use after the similitude of  human understanding to speak of God and His Ways. God as the Genius behind the music blends it here a little and there a little till nothing of dissonance that we made remains. Everything has been rendered subservient to the music. Plans of Mice and Man, on account of this go awry every time.

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